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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2012
NEW YORK -- Relievers are usually a different breed. They spend most of the game together in the bullpen, where they make up their own activities to keep themselves occupied. But what about when nearly all of the relievers are in the dugout going into the 13 th inning? Cameras caught Orioles players gathering in a circle in the dugout going into the 13 th inning of the Orioles' series-tying 2-1 win in game 4 last night. They later lined all of their hats in a row along the front railing of the dugout, a lineup of cartoon birds staring at the Yankees.
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By Sam Mellinger and The Kansas City Star | October 9, 2014
Those are the Royals over there in front of all the cameras. That's Eric Hosmer on the cover of Sports Illustrated. That's him and his teammates making the funnest kind of off-the-field news by dropping around $15,000 on a bar tab to say thank you to fans. That's James Shields starting for the third time in five playoff games for a franchise writing a brilliant, welcome and enthralling new history. And that's George Brett, off to the side - always off to the side now - thankful for it all and saying something that may surprise you. “I'm tired of talking about 1985, I really am,” he says.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
Since the start, these Orioles have been wildly unpredictable -- and I mean that in a good way -- which is why they will go down as one of the most lovable teams in Baltimore sports lore. But there have been a few constants for a team that probably had to play name games once a week to stay familiar with an endless parade of new faces. There was Buck Showalter, the manager who has mostly made all the right moves. There was Adam Jones, who brings toughness and swagger every night.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Saturday's 21-7 victory over Delaware State alleviated some of the pressure on a Towson football program that had begun the season 0-2. But coach Rob Ambrose used a difference adjective to describe the post-game mood. “Maybe for some of us [it was pressure], but more excitement, especially for some of these younger guys who haven't had the taste of winning ball games that are in their hands,” he said Monday afternoon during his weekly conference call arranged by the Colonial Athletic Association.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
It's now less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota, Fla., but I still get a sense Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette isn't done compiling his roster. Really, I'm not sure there is ever a time when he stops (he added another veteran outfielder Tuesday with the signing of Chris Dickerson to a minor league deal). Remember, news of the Jeremy Guthrie trade didn't break until the morning after last year's Super Bowl -- and that probably proved to be Duquette's biggest move of 2012 (because it brought the club's top starter, Jason Hammel, and reliever Matt Lindstrom, who eventually was traded in August for Joe Saunders)
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't want to rely on right-hander Brad Brach on Saturday, not a day after the reliever tossed two innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. When starter Wei-Yin Chen lasted just 3 1/3 innings, though, the manager knew Brach, and the rest of the bullpen, faced a significant workload. But there was no sign of fatigue from Brach, who delivered 1 2/3 perfect innings. Nor was there any letdown from four other relievers, who combined to finish the game without surrendering a run in the Orioles' 5-4 loss.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2012
Orioles reliever Pedro Strop turned 27 earlier this month, but he's already overcome a career's worth of obstacles. There were plenty of nights filled with uncertainty - and tears - along the way. There were times when he wondered whether his childhood dream would ever become reality, whether those times rehabbing and reinventing would ever pay off. "A lot of tough times," Strop said, sitting at his locker in the corner of the Orioles' clubhouse...
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - In an otherwise meaningless exhibition against an obviously undermanned Spain World Baseball Classic team, Orioles manager Buck Showalter accomplished something important Wednesday afternoon. He found work for relievers Jim Johnson , Darren O'Day and Luis Ayala - all of whom were key parts of the club's outstanding bullpen in 2012 and all of whom had not pitched in a game this spring. Showalter wants to keep their innings and workload down, but he also has to get them ready for April.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | April 28, 1995
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Orioles should be kicking small-market butt, but last night they fell to feeble Minnesota after losing their opener to helpless Kansas City.Bud Selig is 2-0.Peter Angelos is 0-2.Help!Two games into the season, and the Orioles soon might need to promote a minor-league pitcher to bolster their 12-man staff. Two games into the season, and the bullpen already is a disaster.Yet, manager Phil Regan hardly seemed concerned after last night's 7-4 loss to the Twins. Regan not only insisted the relievers were throwing well, he predicted they'll show marked improvement soon.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | September 27, 2009
CLEVELAND - -In the first two weeks of September, the Orioles promoted six relievers and acquired another, left-hander Sean Henn, in a minor league trade. The hope was that the additions would bolster a tired bullpen and give several pitchers an opportunity to show that they belong at the major league level. What it has done instead is reveal a lack of organizational depth in that area and likely made several necessary offseason roster decisions much easier to make. In the first 21 games this month, the Orioles bullpen has a 6.43 ERA, having allowed 50 earned runs in 70 innings.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been shuffling his pitching staff all season. If he can find a way to get a starter some rest or bring an extra pitcher into the bullpen for a day or two, he'll do it. The obvious result is that his relievers, for the most part, have maintained their health while pitching effectively. Heading into Saturday's game against the New York Yankees, Orioles relievers had the fourth-best ERA in the American League and sixth-most innings pitched. Only closer Zach Britton was among the league's top 10 in appearances, with 66. Darren O'Day was tied for 25th, with 62, and neither pitched in Saturday's 3-2 loss.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
The beating the Orioles put on the Chicago White Sox bullpen Monday night - five runs in the eighth inning off three relievers with ERAs over five - was born of the same offseason strategy that the Orioles took with their bullpen. Both teams traded away their proven closers - Jim Johnson from Baltimore, and Addison Reed from Chicago. Both tried to essentially piece it together with what they had. Only one succeeded. The Orioles success in that department, and the lack of it in Chicago, is a big reason why the White Sox, who like the Orioles are in the top-10 in offense in several categories, are seven games under .500 while the Orioles are flying high, 7.5 games ahead of Toronto and two games behind the Los Angeles Angels for the best record in the American League.
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By Peter Schmuck and Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun and By Peter Schmuck and Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
On the night the Orioles gave away "Crush Davis" action figures, first baseman Chris Davis was not in Saturday's starting lineup - in part because the Seattle Mariners started tough young left-hander James Paxton . But Davis also was absent because he is trying to get his batting stroke back and was working with hitting coach Jim Presley and organizational hitting instructor Terry Crowley . Davis, who is batting .196 with 17...
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By Cody Goodwin and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Before his name was even announced over the speakers at Camden Yards, the announced crowd of 39,487 stood and gave Orioles reliever Andrew Miller a rousing ovation as he jogged from the bullpen to the mound Friday night. “Pretty cool reception,” said Miller, the newest member of the Orioles' bullpen. “I don't think I ever dreamed of having anything like that. I don't necessarily expect it again. But it was pretty neat. “At the same time, I kind of had to step down and cool off. I had a job to do. But it was pretty neat.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
There's roughly 80 minutes left before the nonwaiver trade deadline expires, and the Orioles have not yet made a move. I don't think that's necessarily indicative of what will occur in the next hour-plus. I talked to one guy today who joked that Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette should be wearing a watch that keeps track of seconds -- because that's how he often plays these deadlines. The trade for Bud Norris last year on this day went down at the last minute, so it would be no shock if an 11th-hour deal like that happens again.
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By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
When Gene Shirokobrod's patients started asking the doctor of physical therapy to come home with them, he decided to find a product to recommend as an alternative for help with back and neck pain. But he couldn't find any product he thought was good enough to recommend, so he set out to make something. Shirokobrod reached out to Corey Fleischer, a mechanical engineer and co-founder of the Baltimore Foundery, to help him create the ARC, a product to relieve back and neck pain and retrain muscle.
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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF | September 19, 1996
NEW YORK -- Jesse Orosco's big-game experience includes getting the final out of the 1986 World Series and tossing his glove toward the heavens as his New York Mets teammates celebrated.Archie Corbin's most pressure-filled game was a basketball contest with a rival high school.Such is the nature of the Orioles bullpen as the last 11 days of the pennant race unfold.A few relievers, such as Orosco and Randy Myers, have a ton of big-game and postseason experience. Others, such as Corbin, Terry Mathews, Armando Benitez and Alan Mills, will be counted on in the clutch, too. But those relievers must reach back to high school or the minor leagues to recall competing with everything on the line.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | May 5, 2009
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -With their roles no longer certain, Orioles relievers held a "bullpen only" meeting in the visiting clubhouse at Tropicana Field before Monday's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. They were mum on what was discussed, though Orioles manager Dave Trembley made it clear that the meeting was planned by the relievers, not the coaching staff, who held their own meeting in Trembley's office before the game. "That was an impromptu get-together on their part," Trembley said.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter wants right-hander Bud Norris to resume a standard pitching routine now that he's returned from the 15-day disabled list. So, because of the All-Star break next week, it means Norris' next start won't come in the big leagues. On Thursday afternoon, the club optioned Norris to Double-A Bowie. He could pitch there on regular rest Monday, then return July 20 during the Orioles' series against the Oakland Athletics upon fulfilling the required 10 days in the minor leagues.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't want to rely on right-hander Brad Brach on Saturday, not a day after the reliever tossed two innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. When starter Wei-Yin Chen lasted just 3 1/3 innings, though, the manager knew Brach, and the rest of the bullpen, faced a significant workload. But there was no sign of fatigue from Brach, who delivered 1 2/3 perfect innings. Nor was there any letdown from four other relievers, who combined to finish the game without surrendering a run in the Orioles' 5-4 loss.
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